Together with local host, Bridgeway Capital, the Urban Manufacturing Alliance held their 2018 Gathering in Pittsburgh September 26-28.
The Gathering themed "Building Coalitions To Create Equitable Manufacturing Ecosystems", was attended by dozens of local stakeholders, small and medium sized manufacturers, and showcased organizing and systems-building strategies that are promoting small-scale manufacturing and stimulating diverse and inclusive neighborhoods. Capped by a visit and encouraging remarks from Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, the event featured speakers and workshops on topics ranging from the impact of automation to financing projects.
Manufacturing Renaissance's Director of Communications and Organizing, David Robinson, was invited to participate in a rapid share presentation on community organizing, specifically on the Chicagoland Manufacturing Renaissance Council Ministers for Manufacturing Committee. David highlighted the importance of grassroots organization in promoting manufacturing and its positive impact for community development. The Ministers Committee plays an important role in this effort as they represent their congregations, and therefore have the power to mobilize and inspire thousands of people. The work of the Committee ties in with our other programmatic activities, specifically Manufacturing Connect and YMA's strategy to tackle violence by connecting at-risk youth to manufacturing training and jobs.
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